Well, this week wasn’t as eventful as last week but the Yankees were still able to fill some holes in their current roster. Unfortunately, that also meant the Yankees had to give up some players to make room for the new acquisitions. Aside from that, their closer turned down the qualifying offer, one fourth outfielder most likely won’t be on the team next year and the Yankees beloved manager found a way to get on the ballot for AL Manager of the Year. Ladies and Gentlemen, here is your week in review.
— Zoilo Almonte was a minor league free agent this week until the Atlanta Braves signed him to a Major League contract; they figure Almonte can play the corner outfield positions as well as some center field. Almonte was on the 40-man roster for the Yankees last season and saw some Major League playing time in September, but with the surplus of outfielders in the farm system, letting Almonte go seemed like a logical choice for the organization.
— Dellin Betances finished third in the AL Rookie of the Year voting which was somewhat of a shocker. No one expected him to win, that honor went to Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox, but everyone figured he would have at least been second. Instead Matt Shoemaker of the Los Angeles Angels took second place.
— There was a lot of speculation whether Francisco Cervelli would be traded this offseason. Well, after two years of laying down groundwork for a trade, Brian Cashman pulled the trigger and sent Cervelli to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for LHP Justin Wilson. A few days later, the Pirates re-signed A.J. Burnett to a one-year deal. Boy, the Pirates sure love ex-Yankees, don’t they?
— I’m well aware Joe Girardi isn’t everyone’s favorite manager, but there’s no denying his managing kept the sub-par Yankees from sinking below .500. And with that, Joe Girardi was tied for 6th place on the AL Manager of the Year ballot; Buck Showalter of the Baltimore Orioles was named the 2014 Manager of the Year.
— The Yankees are reportedly doing everything they can to keep Chase Headley as their third baseman and they’re still working on contract negotiations. During the GM Meetings this week, Cashman said if the Yankees were able to sign Headley, he would be the every day third baseman, meaning Alex Rodriguez would have to fight to win his job back.
— Ichiro Suzuki plans on playing in the 2015 season, but it most likely won’t be with the Yankees. The Yankees signed OF Chris Young last week and Brian Cashman said the Yankees are done filling the holes in the outfield. Where Ichiro will play, I don’t know, but I personally think the Yankees are making a mistake in letting him go. He was decent for them, but was batting in the wrong spot in the lineup the entire year.
— David Robertson turned down the $15.3 Million Qualifying Offer and Brian Cashman confirmed he is now talking with his agent with hopes of working out a multi-year deal. However, Robertson’s agent believes Robertson is the best closer on the market and he should be making ‘Jonathan Papelbon money’. I don’t think the Yankees are going to give Robertson ‘Papelbon money’, but they do have less competition for him: the Detroit Tigers, the Chicago Cubs and the Colorado Rockies have all dropped out of the Robertson sweepstakes.